10 • 17 • 2019

Help California Address Nonfloating Oil Spills Before It’s Too Late!

Help protect California’s coast and ocean from dirty "nonfloating" oil spills by telling your representatives to vote “YES” on AB 936!

We’ve all seen the devastating images of oil spills, coating the ocean surface, marine life, and beaches in a toxic, sticky mess. But did you know there’s a whole different class of heavy “non-floating” oils which rapidly sink below the water column posing a significantly more harmful, costly and difficult clean up than surface spills? 

We need your help to stop dirty, heavy oils from threatening our state's coastal environments and economies! 

The State Senate is considering an important bill — AB 936– Oil Spill Response and Contingency Planning to establish a contingency plan for non-floating oil spills as well as help research and develop non-floating oil cleanup methods, giving California the resources to better prevent, contain, and clean up these types of dangerous and hard-to-manage oil spills. 

In short, the bill would enhance planning for spills by:

  • Establishing a new rating category of Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSRO’s) capable of addressing non floating oil and responding within 12 hours of a spill.
  • Authorizing the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR)  to conduct research and development of new technologies and strategies to address nonfloating oil spills.
  • Requiring advance notice of transportation of nonfloating oil to ensure OSPR and California communities are aware.
  • Raising the financial responsibility cap for tankers carrying non-floating oils from $1 billion to $10 billion.

The CA Senate will vote soon on AB 936, so it’s critical you make your voice heard TODAY. Help protect California’s coast and ocean from dirty oil spills by voting “YES” on AB 936! 

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